John L. Muntean
John Muntean

Research Economic Geologist
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno

Business telephone: (775) 682-8748
FAX: (775) 784-1709
Email:  munteanj@unr.edu

 

Education

Ph.D. Stanford University, 1998
M.S. University of Michigan, 1989
B.S. Purdue University, 1986

 

Areas of Expertise

Geology and geochemistry of ore deposits, especially Carlin-
  type gold deposits, epithermal gold-silver deposits, and
  porphyry copper-gold deposits
Mineral exploration
Mine geology
Geologic mapping
Aqueous geochemistry
Magmatic-hydrothermal processes
Metallogeny of Nevada

 

Professional Work Experience

Research Economic Geologist/Associate Professor, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology,
  University of Nevada, Reno (2005-present)
Senior Geologist, Placer Dome Exploration Inc., Reno, Nevada (1999-2004)
Senior Project Geologist, Homestake Mining Co., Sparks, Nevada (1998-1999)
Geologist, Amax Gold Inc., (1993-1995)
Geologist, Santa Fe Pacific Mining Inc., (1989-1993)
Associate Geologist, Atlas Precious Metals, Inc., (1988)
Geologist, United States Geological Survey, (1986)

 

Current Ongoing Projects

Controls on hydrothermal fluid flow and metal transport and deposition at the high-grade
  Turquoise Ridge Carlin-type gold deposit.
Carlin-type gold deposits of the south Eureka district
Exploration for Carlin-type deposits under cover, Snowstorm Mountains.

 

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

Dr. Muntean is looking for potential PhD and MS students interested in working a variety
of topics related to hydrothermal ore deposits in Nevada including Carlin-type, epithermal,
and porphyry deposits. (munteanj@unr.edu)

 

Selected Publications

Muntean, J. L., Cline, J. S., Simon, A. C., and Longo, A. A., 2011, Magmatic-hydrothermal origin of
  Nevada's Carlin-type gold deposits: Nature Geoscience, v. 4, p. 122-127. Click here for PDF
Muntean, J. L. and Taufen, P. M., 2011, Geochemical exploration for gold through transported alluvial
  cover in Nevada: Examples from the Cortez Mine: Economic Geology, v. 106, p. 809-833.
Click here for PDF
Patterson, L. M. and Muntean, J. L., 2011, Multi-element geochemistry across a Carlin-type gold
  district: Jerritt Canyon, Nevada: in Steininger, R. C. and Pennell, W. M. (eds.), Great Basin
  Evolution and Metallogeny: Geological Society of Nevada 2010 Symposium Proceedings, Reno,
  p. 1119-1152. Click here for PDF
Cassinerio, M. D. and Muntean, J. L., 2011, Patterns of lithology, structure, alteration and trace
  elements around high-grade ore zones at the Turquoise Ridge gold deposit, Getchell district,
  Nevada: in Steininger, R. C. and Pennell, W. M. (eds.), Great Basin Evolution and Metallogeny:
  Geological Society of Nevada 2010 Symposium Proceedings, Reno, p. 949-978. Click here for PDF
Arribas, A., Arribas, I., Grenville Draper, G., Hall, C., Kesler, S.E., McEwen, C., and Muntean, J. L.,
  2011, 40Ar/39Ar dating of alunite from the Pueblo Viejo gold-silver district, Dominican Republic:
  Economic Geology, v. 106, p. 1059-1069. (authors in alphabetical order) Click here for PDF
Muntean, J. L., Cassinerio, M. D., Arehart, G. B. Cline, J. S., and Longo, A. A., 2009, Fluid pathways
  at the Turquoise Ridge Carlin-type gold deposit, Getchell district, Nevada: in Williams, P. J. (ed.),
  Smart Science for Exploration and Mining, Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Meeting of the
  Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, Townsville, Australia, p. 251-253.
Click here for PDF
Longo, A. A., Cline, J. S., and Muntean, J. L., 2009, Using pyrite to track evolving fluid pathways
  and chemistry in Carlin-type deposits: in Williams, P. J. (ed.), Smart Science for Exploration and
  Mining, Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral
  Deposits, Townsville, Australia, p. 242-244. Click here for PDF
Muntean, J. L., Coward, M. P., and Tarnocai, C. A., 2007, Reactivated Palaeozoic normal faults:
  controls on the formation of Carlin-type gold deposits in north-central Nevada: in Reis, A. C.,
  Butler, R. W. H. and Graham, R. H. (eds.) “Deformation of the Continental Crust – The Legacy of
  Mike Coward,” Geological Society, London, Special Publications, v. 272, p. 573-589.
Click here for PDF
Muntean, J. L., and Henry, C. D., 2007, Preliminary geologic map of the Jerritt Canyon mining district:
  Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Open File Report OF07-03. Click here for PDF
Muntean. J., Hall, G., Kesler, S., Mueller, A., O’Brien, D. and Russell, N., 2007, Pueblo Viejo high-
  sulfidation epithermal gold-silver deposit, Dominican Republic: A new model of formation beneath
  barren limestone cover – a discussion: Economic Geology, v. 102, p. 755-760. Click here for PDF
Cline, J. S., Hofstra, A. H., Muntean, J. L., Tosdal, R. M., and Hickey, K. A., 2005, Carlin-type Gold
  Deposits in Nevada, USA:  Critical Geologic Characteristics and Viable Models: in Hedenquist,
  J. W., Thompson, J. H. F., Goldfarb, R. J. and Richards, J. P. (eds.), Economic Geology One
  Hundredth Anniversary Volume, Society of Economic Geologists, Littleton, Colorado, p. 451-484.
Click here for PDF, Click here for PDF supplement
Muntean, J. L. and Einaudi, M. T., 2001, Porphyry-epithermal transition: Maricunga belt, northern
  Chile: Economic Geology, v. 96, p. 743-772. Click here for PDF
Muntean, J. L. and Einaudi, M. T., 2000, Porphyry gold deposits of the Refugio district, Maricunga
  belt, northern Chile: Economic Geology, v. 95, p. 1445-1472. Click here for PDF
Venneman, T. W., Muntean, J. L., Kesler, S. E., and O'Neil, J. R., Valley, J. W., Russell, N., 1993,
  Stable isotope evidence for magmatic fluids in the Pueblo Viejo epithermal acid-sulfate Au-Ag
  deposit, Dominican Republic: Economic Geology, v. 88, p. 55-71. Click here for PDF
Muntean, J. L., Kesler, S. E., Russell, N., and Polanco, J., 1990, Evolution of the Monte Negro acid-
  sulfate Au-Ag deposit, Pueblo Viejo, Dominican Republic: Important factors in grade development:
  Economic Geology, v. 85, p. 1738-1758. Click here for PDF

 

Selected Current Professional Service

Associate Editor of Economic Geology
Fellow and active volunteer in the Society of Economic Geologists
Chair of the 2012 Gordon Conference on the Geochemistry of Mineral Deposits

 

Curriculum Vitae (.pdf)